At Coursera, we’re always looking for ways to remove the obstacles that stand between you and your goals. Many of you have told us about one major obstacle you face – lack of sleep. Research shows that a quick doze can improve your ability to focus and generate new ideas, so we wondered – to help you learn, should we actually be helping you sleep?
We decided to try it – and the results were incredible. After months of design, development, and testing, we’re thrilled to announce a brand-new feature: Coursera Naptime.
In our tests, we found that learners in courses with Naptime
- Spent up to 20% more time in the course
- Were up to 5 times more likely to return to learning after a break of a week or more
- Were up to 50% less grouchy (as measured by a text analysis of forum conversations)
In addition to being a truly first-of-its-kind innovation in online learning, Naptime is the first feature we’ve built that allows both instructors and learners to add new content items to a course:
- Instructors can add Naptime items to coincide with lessons that are best digested with a little snooze. Naptimes can be short, simple assignments or longer, complex projects, and may take place either in lecture or in the forums.
- Learners can also add Naptimes of various lengths and formats to the new Learner Naptimes area – you can even invite other learners to join you. To start your Naptime, look for the new Naptimes option in your course sidebar.
We hope Naptime helps you rest up and learn more effectively! ‘Happy April Fools’ from Coursera…
P.S. Coursera actually has a naptime open source project to help you design Scala REST APIs. Check it out here.